Address: Mrs Jeffrey, ∣ Teignmouth.
My dear Mrs Jeffrey,
My Brother has borne his Journey thus far remarkably well. I am too sensible of your anxiety for us not to send this by the Chaise back for you. Give our goodbyes again to Marrian and Fanny. Beleive me we shall bear you in Mind and that I shall write soon.
Yours very truly, John Keats.
Address: Mr B. Bailey ∣ Magdalen Hall ∣ Oxford.
Postmarks: HAMPSTEAD and 25 my 1818.
My dear Bailey, Hampstead Thursday--
I should have answered your letter on the moment-- if I could have said yes to your invitation. What hinders me is insuperable; I will tell it at a little length. You know my Brother George has been out of employ for some time-- it has weighed very much upon him, and driven him to scheme and turn over things in his Mind--the result has been his resolution to emigrate to the back Settlements of America, become farmer and work with his own hands
65Up to 1891 Mrs. Jeffrey and her daughters remained unknown in the story of Keats. Between that time and the publication of my father's illustrated edition of the Letters in 1895, this letter and three others to the young ladies were discovered. Mr. A. Forbes Sieveking published them in 'The Fortnightly Review' for December 1893.
The date of this note cannot be fixed definitely from present information, but it must have been written after May the 3rd and some days before May the 7th, when Tom wrote from Hampstead to Miss Mary Ann Jeffrey: 'We received your Mothers Letter by Mrs Atkins which prevented my writing so soon as I had intended that the Letter might accompany the Book John promis'd you and be deliver'd by Mrs A on her return--I thank you all for your kind solicitude--the rest of the journey pass'd off pretty well after we had left Bridport in Dorsetshire--I was very ill there and lost much blood--we travell'd a hundred miles in the two last days--I found myself much better at the end of the journey than when I left Tartarus alias Teignmouth--' &c. On the 18th of May Tom added: 'John will write to you shortly', and the letter was posted on the 19th.